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Oxford Bus Company Zero Emission Buses

Zero emission transport for the Dreaming Spires: Oxford Bus Company orders 104 all-electric buses

  • Buses to be part of a 159-strong zero emission fleet on Oxford’s streets from late 2023
  • Go-Ahead’s largest electric bus order to date accelerates the group’s green transition
  • Environmental impact will be equivalent to taking 6,000 cars off the road
  • Co-funded by Go-Ahead, Oxfordshire County Council and the Department for Transport
The launch of the promotional £2 bus fare scheme in 2023 with (left to right) Ben Maxfield, Business Director, Go North East;  Richard Holden MP, Buses Minister; Nigel Featham, Managing Director, Go North East.

Go-Ahead carries two million passengers at £2 under nationwide fare cap

  • National low fares scheme proves popular across Go-Ahead’s bus networks
  • Promotional ticket sales reach £4 million in first three weeks of January
  • Scheme allows Go-Ahead’s local operators to add new routes and services
Apprentice Engineer, Alisha Juszczyk, Camberwell Bus Academy

Go-Ahead invests in transport skills with target of hiring 1,020 bus and rail apprentices in 2023

  • Target includes 700 trainee London bus drivers and 220 rail apprentices
  • Go-Ahead’s apprentices increase ethnic diversity of workforce
  • Recruits of all ages wanted: Go-Ahead’s apprentices range from 16 to 65
CGI image of one of Manchester's Bee Network buses

Go Ahead wins franchises to operate Manchester’s Bee Network buses in Bolton and Wigan

  • Go-Ahead’s Go North West selected in first two major contracts awarded under Greater Manchester’s new franchising system
  • Contracts in Bolton and Wigan comprise 55 routes served by a fleet of 308 buses, worth up to £400 million in revenue over seven years
  • Buses will be branded yellow as part of Greater Manchester’s new Bee Network
A bus in the Cronulla area of Sydney

Go-Ahead and UGL win contract to operate buses in Sydney’s South-West

  • Buses in Sydney’s South and South-West will be operated by a newly created joint venture, U-Go Mobility
  • Contract commences in July 2023 for a term of approximately seven years, delivering over 500,000 passenger journeys daily
  • Go-Ahead is a UK and international bus operator, while UGL brings extensive, proven expertise of public transport infrastructure, operations and maintenance within the Australasian public transport market
East Yorkshire bus in town

Pay less to travel this winter: fares capped at £2 on Go-Ahead buses across Britain

  • From 1st January to 31st March, Go-Ahead’s UK bus operating companies will offer adult bus fares capped at £2 per single journey.
  • The Government is providing up to £60 million for bus operators outside London to help people with cost of living.
  • How far can our £2 fare take you? On our longer routes, a single ticket on a Go-Ahead bus can take you 40 miles or even further
A Go-Ahead train in Augsburg, December 2022

Go Ahead carries first passengers on major new Bavarian network

  • Munich-based network expands Go-Ahead’s footprint in Germany
  • New destinations for Go-Ahead trains include Einstein’s birthplace and Legoland Germany
  • Go-Ahead Germany employs 1,000 people, runs a fleet of 144 trains and operates 20 million rail kilometres annually
  • International growth is at the core of Go-Ahead’s Next Billion Journeys strategy
A bus driver, Kelly Myatt, carries out checks on a zero emission electric bus at Go-Ahead's Bexleyheath Depot in south-east London.

The green shift: zero emission buses could lure millions onto public transport

  • A majority (55%) of people are likely to travel by bus more often if buses are powered by zero-emission electric or hydrogen batteries
  • Only a quarter of the public think bus travel in general is ‘green’. But eight out of ten view zero emission buses as ‘green’.
  • Younger people are particularly likely to be swayed in their travel habits by a switch towards low emission technology
  • Independent research carried out for Go-Ahead Group’s new Zero Emission Centre of Excellence
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Sixfold increase in waste recycling at Go-Ahead’s largest bus company

  • Recycling at Go-Ahead London increased from 5.5% to 33% within a year
  • Up to 60 tonnes of recyclable waste per month, the equivalent weight of five double decker buses
  • Project Go Eco, in conjunction with waste contractor Biffa, is to be rolled out to all Go-Ahead’s UK bus operating companies
  • The transport company is on track to achieve its Group target of 60% of recycled rate by 2025
Dartline 2

Go-Ahead expands in south-west England through acquisition of Dartline

  • Exeter-based bus and coach operator to join Go South West
  • Acquisition adds 118 employees and 84 buses
  • Complementary geographical fit alongside Plymouth Citybus, Go Devon Bus, and Go Cornwall Bus
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Go-Ahead hosts bus driver recruitment open days for Ukrainian refugees

A Go-Ahead Group bus company is working in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions to help Ukrainian refugees to become bus drivers. A change in government legislation has resulted in Ukrainian refugees receiving immediate settlement status and the opportunity to work in the UK straight away.